NDMA NOW AUTHORISED USER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARTER SPACE AND MAJOR DISASTERS
NDMA staff being trained on the International Charter Space and Major Disasters

NDMA NOW AUTHORISED USER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARTER SPACE AND MAJOR DISASTERS

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has acquired the status of being an Authorised User of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. This major achievement was acquired after the NDMA participated in a series of trainings conducted by Andrey Kuklin, the Executive Secretariat representative from Roscosmos, Russian Federation. The training included: Understanding the Purpose of the Charter, the different Types of Disasters Supported by the Charter, Activation Steps of the Charter and the Strategic Stakeholders of the Charter. The Charter is a worldwide collaboration through which satellite data is made available to member states for the benefit of disaster management by combining earth observation assets from different space agencies. It aims to support member states with space-based data and information relief efforts in the event of emergencies caused by major disasters. The Charter has played a crucial role in disaster response since inception by providing critical imagery and situational awareness to nations coping with diverse disasters including floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and fires. Whilst recognizing that no single space-borne platform can provide a complete and
adequate response to any given major disaster, and that many nations across the globe are not yet space-faring and thus lack access to satellite remote sensing data, the Charter has managed to address one of the world’s most pressing human needs on earth observation applications. It allows collaboration of resources and expertise for rapid response to major disaster situations. Through the collaboration, valiant contributions are made in an effort to save lives and property during times of disaster. Furthermore, the International Charter Space and Major Disaster Charter provides remote sensing support to non-spacefaring nations, including developing countries like the Kingdom of Eswatini. This confirms that the NDMA will benefit immensely from being an authorised user of the charter. On the 14th March 2019, the Chairman of the Board of the International Charter space and Major Disasters Pierric Ferrier in his letter congratulating the NDMA, stated that the letter formalises the relationship between
the NDMA of the Kingdom of Eswatini and the Charter following its acceptance as an authorized User.

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